Easter weekend travels and local derbies

As we approach the traditional Easter break, excitement within the WP Club Rugby community is unmistakable. This weekend, as part of our pre-season build-up, several of our clubs are venturing to tournaments across the Eastern Cape and up the West Coast. Their journeys are inspired by the spirited performances seen last weekend, setting the stage for compelling rugby action.

This Easter, friendly fixtures will provide a final tune-up before the competitive season kicks off. Among the notable matches, Franschhoek looks to continue their momentum after a commanding win, facing Young Peoples. Kuilsriver is set to recover from their narrow 24-25 loss to Bellville as they challenge Strand again.

Additional friendlies feature Caledonian Roses vs Rangers, Kylemore taking on Young Gardens—who are fresh from a 33-22 victory over Blue Stars United and Blue Stars versus Paarl Rangers, with Blue Stars eager to get re-adjust after their loss to Young Gardens last week.

Reflecting on the previous weekend’s vibrant matches: Hands & Heart showcased their dominance with a 41-5 win against Atlantis. Tygerberg made a statement with a 43-5 thrashing of NTK. Uni Mil narrowly missed out in a closely-fought 19-24 loss to St George’s. Pniel Villagers were edged out 14-19 by Van der Stel. Scottsdene clinched a 20-15 victory over Albions. Windmeul United faced a setback with a 20-31 loss to Allandale. Kuilsriver was just short in a tight match against Bellville, losing 24-25. False Bay was overpowered by Brackenfell in a 5-19 defeat. UWC beat Busy Bees 40-12, Busy Bees being one of the teams travveling to King Williams Town for the traditional Easter Weekend festival. Eersterivier was overcome by Delft, 19-35. Villager faced a narrow defeat against Hamiltons, 12-16 in their anual derby. Raithby Universals fell to Macassar, 14-35. Goodwood scored a win over over Masiphumelele. Gordons Bay Pioneers secured a close 19-17 win against Rocklands. Uni Mil was closely contested by St George’s, ending 19-24. Blue Stars Utd faced a tough match against Young Gardens, resulting in a 22-33 loss.

These performances have undoubtedly set a high bar for this weekend’s games, promising more thrilling rugby action as teams make final adjustments before the league season starts on 5 April 2024 with the reserve games.

Looking ahead, we’re also excited for the start of the Western Province club Rugby Women’s rugby league on 13 April 2024, a significant step forward in our commitment to growing the sport across all levels.